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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 31, 2018


No safe level of alcohol, new study concludes

Three million deaths in 2016 were attributed to alcohol, which carries 'massive health risks,' according to paper.
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No boundaries: Opioid expert says overdoses are found in wealthy places and poor ones

Leaders at local mental health and drug treatment agencies all agree that the spotlight put on the opioid epidemic has brought the severity of the problem out of the dark. Especially in the suburbs.
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Garden State schools now required to carry life-saving opioid antidotes

As New Jersey continues to grapple with an opioid addiction epidemic, high schools across the state will soon be required to carry life-saving antidotes under a law Gov. Phil Murphy signed Friday.
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Marijuana study raises concerns about THC in breast milk up to six days after use

Marijuana's main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers' breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and afterward.
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Ketamine antidepressant could bring opioid-like addiction risks, study warns

'Breakthrough' antidepressants work in same way as painkiller drugs and similarly reinforce addiction
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Opioids do discriminate — help women avoid dangers of opioid addiction

It’s a fact: women experience pain differently than men. They also respond to opioids differently. These differences can seriously impact the likelihood that women become addicted to opioids.
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Fight Drug Abuse, Don’t Subsidize It

Americans struggling with addiction need treatment and reduced access to deadly drugs. They do not need a taxpayer-sponsored haven to shoot up.
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Spurred by opioid epidemic, new pain drugs may lower the risk of overdose and addiction

As the opioid crisis continues to ravage U.S. communities, scientists and drug companies have intensified their efforts to develop safer and less addictive pain medications.
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It’s time to measure addiction recovery rates, not just addiction rates

Lost among the headlines of opioid addiction and overdose deaths are the many quiet stories of recovery. An estimated 22 million Americans — that includes the three of us — are in recovery from opioid and other addictions. We say “estimated” because states and the federal government don’t track recovery like they track addiction rates or overdoses.
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